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GLOW offers chance to win a composting machine

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The GLOW Region Solid Waste Committee is pleased to offer the opportunity to win a composting machine and composting packet. Residents from Genesee, Livingston, and Wyoming Counties are eligible to participate. 

Contact the GLOW office ( for your opportunity to win! Participants will receive a questionnaire, to be completed based on GLOW’s composting demonstration site at the Genesee County Parks Interpretative Nature Center. 

The winner will be notified directly by the GLOW office. Please contact GLOW with any questions or concerns: or 585-815-7906. 

“Everyone should compost! Composting allows for the conservation of water, healthier soil, and the reduction of waste in our landfills and waterways.”- Amanda Lee, Recycling Administrator. This program is made possible by the county's funding and DEC grants.

GC Park and Forest announces Environmental Science Camp for 2023

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Spots are still open for Environmental Science Camp at the Genesee County Park & Forest! This hands-on outdoor camp is for students entering 7th - 10th grade. Camp meets Monday through Friday, July 17 - 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Interpretive Nature Center at the Genesee County Park & Forest. 

This week-long adventure includes wildlife surveys, field and stream studies, outdoor recreation, a field trip, and more! The cost is $95/camper for the entire week. All materials and a camp T-shirt are provided. 

Transportation is provided from Batavia High School to and from camp each day. Maximum 20 campers. The registration deadline is Wednesday, July 5.

To register, download the registration form. Return completed forms with payment to:

Main Office  
Genesee County Park & Forest Interpretive Nature Center  
153 Cedar St.  
Batavia, NY 14020

Maximum 20 Campers  
Registration ends Wednesday, July 5th.

For more information, visit our website at, or  
contact Shannon Lyaski at or (585) 344-1122.

Interpretive Nature Center brings the outdoors inside for critter activity Saturday

By Joanne Beck


Despite a windy, rain-soaked morning, Natalie Hawley enjoyed herself at Genesee County Park in East Bethany Saturday.

The five-year-old was part of the Create a Critter activity at the Interpretive Nature Center. Supplied with all sorts of twigs, pine cones, cattails, walnuts, and other outdoor embellishments, Natalie and other children got busy creating various creatures during the event.


Leane Hawley of Le Roy, Natalie’s mom, said that it’s something they were both interested in for different reasons.

“We are here with friends, and it’s been a long time since we’ve been here,” Leane said. “I’m very excited to share this with one of my daughters. I just love nature, and just love to explore.”

Meanwhile, Natalie wanted to craft a timely critter for the season.

“I’m making a reindeer,” she said. “Because it’s coming up for Christmas.”






Top Photo: Natalie Hawley, 5, picks out some materials to make a reindeer Saturday at the Interpretive Nature Center at Genesee County Park & Forest; other families also participate in Create a Critter at the site in East Bethany; and in photo above, Natalie and her mom Leane work on the project. Photos by Howard Owens.

Interpretive Center offering 'Create-a-Critter' sessions on Saturday

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Explore your creative side this weekend at the Genesee County Park & Forest.

With a touch of imagination and some hot glue, you can turn pine cones, seed pods, and other natural materials into your own unique critter or work of art.

Join us at the Interpretive Nature Center for Create-a-Critter on Saturday Dec. 3. Session 1 is from 10 a.m. to noon and Session 2 is from 1 to 3 p.m.

Your critter may even be a perfect gift for loved ones! Make a tasty birdfeeder tree ornament or garland of treats for wild animals to take home, or head out to the Outdoor Learning Center and decorate the trees! Sign up for either session.

Cost for each session is $5/person, $10/family. All materials provided. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Call 585-344-1122 to register today! 

Looking for something to do on Saturday? Genesee County Park has fun options

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Enjoy a day of play with Grandparent’s Day and/or discover the fascinating world of honeybees this Saturday at the Genesee County Park & Forest Interpretive Nature Center. Grandparent's Day is from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm!

Kids bring their grandparents to enjoy scavenger hunts, catching critters in the pond, insect safari and more. Program includes accessible outdoor and indoor activities and a card making station. Cost is $5/child, $5/parent, grandparents FREE.

Meet at the Interpretive Nature from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and see a live beehive in action! Hear a local beekeeper explain the lifecycle and different jobs of bees while sharing cool facts and experiences in caring for these amazing creatures. $5/person, $10/family. 

To pre-register, call 585-344-1122.

For more information visit our website or contact Shannon Lyaski at or 585-344-1122.

Four dates set for guided doggie walkies at the Genesee County Park & Forest

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Bring your best friend and join us for a guided dog walk through the Genesee County Park & Forest from 10 to 11 a.m. on:

  • Saturday April 3rd
  • Saturday May 1st
  • Saturday June 12th
  • Saturday July 10th

This guided walk is great for socialization and healthy exercise! Meet at the Interpretive Nature Center.

Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Current license or proof of up-to-date rabies vaccination is required. Aggressive dogs will not be allowed to participate.

Cost is $5/dog and all proceeds go to the Genesee County Animal Shelter.

Masks must be worn whenever unable to maintain six feet of social distance. Participants are encouraged to wash their hands often or use hand sanitizer.

Preregistration is required! Call (585) 344-1122 to register.

The Genesee County Park & Forest Interpretive Nature Center is located at 11095 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany.

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